Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It has been a little over a week since I shared my story of PCOS and asked you all to hold me accountable for getting my act together.  I have to say I am 100% touched by all of you,  my most amazing friends.  I had several people I haven't heard from in a while send notes of encouragement and love.  It is truly inspiring to know that so many of you are currently or have been in similar situations and have won.

It has been a busy busy week but a good one.  I've been learning tons and was even able to see the nutritionist that my Dr referred me too.  She is actually the co author of a book call the Insulin-Resistance-Diet.  

Mary Kay was able to explain the entire insulin resistance issue to me far better than anyone else that has tried.  It totally makes sense to me now and explains so much of how I was feeling before.  The main concept of this diet is not eat more than two servings of carbs (not more than every two hours) and always pair carbs with lean proteins.  It has been surprisingly easy to adapt this type of eating and I have not had the crazy cravings that I have always had before.  I even get to keep my latte as long as I have sugar free flavor and skim milk which isn't as bad as I feared it might be.  The first few days I did great with drinking lots of water and I can tell fitting it all in is getting harder each day.  Any great advise on how to make that habit stick would be great.  I try to keep a bottle with me or a glass on my desk but I noticed today it say there longer and longer.  Why do you supposed even though my brain knows it should drink more water I didn't do it?  Oh well baby steps right.  I will get there!  I'm working to get more exercise.  I've done great walking on the weekends but adding something on the week nights is hard.  I'm less than motivated and super tired. I have some great excuses including a hip that is driving me crazy.  I've been seeing a chiropractor and a massage therapist for a while now but it is still aggravating me. I've scheduled my first visit with the acupuncturist and am completely excited about it.  I have quite the list of things I'd like magically cured by those needles but I'd settle for some pain relief. 

I go back to the nutritionist in a couple weeks and will weigh in then.  I need to invest in a good reliable scale so I can monitor better at home.  I weigh in at work but that is a scale that I don't trust much.  It tells me I've lost about 9 pounds and while I enjoy that number I think I'll wait until I get the official weigh in to get too excited. 

Thank you for coming on this journey with me.  I can't explain how much all of the encouragement means to me.  Keep it coming!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Three Cheers!!!

If you have stopped by Ella Grace with the Pretty Face lately you've already seen these but they are cute enough to share twice.  You can thank Kacey for the great pictures.

Kacey asked if we wanted to join them for an afternoon of bowling I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  I pictured a lot of chasing Riley around the bowling alley and having to hold him to make sure he wasn't running off.  I never expected that bowling would capture his attention for entire game.  He loved every second of it and so did the rest of us. 

We arrived a bit early and so we did have to wrangle the kids for a while why we waited for the league bowlers to finish up.   They stopped for a moment for Kacey to capture this cute shot.

Cheese Balls!

Big cheers!  Don't you wish you could pull off a tutu like Ella?

Big Smiles

Riley was so excited every time he rolled the ball.  So much fun!
The big boys had fun too!

We had so much fun bowling that we decided to try it again.  We went with my parents to the little bowling alley in Davenport.  It has 9 lanes and my dad had to keep score for us by hand.  Riley has been fighting a sinus infection so he wasn't at the top of his game but he still had fun. 

Such big numbers we were rolling it took a lot of concentration at the score table!

I'm sure I was getting some advise from my dad in the picture... either that or he was telling us about the night he bowled 273. 

The balls all had names etched in them.  Rex was looking for Kenny.

A lil help from Bubba

Notice how shiny Riley's shoes are.  Well the family that recently bought the little bowling alley has been gradually remodeling and cleaning things up.  Riley's feet are so little he still needs his inserts to keep the size 8s to fit.  When we got there the smallest size they had was a child 11.  Needless to say that Riley was walking out of his shoes. The little girl at the counter was adamant that he had to have bowling shoes on and we couldn't use he street shoes unless we asked the owner.  We tried it in the big shoes but it wasn't so good.  When I went back up the counter to see if his street shoes would work the owner and his wife were there and his wife had just returned from the supply store and had a box full of children's sizes. So Riley down sized to an 8 and he was ready to bowl.  Since Riley was the 1st person to wear these shoes Sam, the owner, wrote his name on them so Riley will be forever part of the Davenport bowling alley. 

It was another super fun bowling outing.  Definitely something fun the entire family enjoys!